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(5) Giants of Mythology


Acʹamas. One of the Cyclops. (Greek fable.)

Adamasʹtor (q.v.).

ÆGÆʹOn, the hundred-handed. One of the Titans. (Greek fable.)

Agʹrios. One of the Titans. He was killed by the Parcæ. (Greek fable.)

Alcyoneus [Alʹ-si-o-nuce], or Alʹcion. Jupiter sent Herculēs against him for stealing some of the Sun’s oxen. But Herculēs could not do anything, for immediately the giant touched the earth he received fresh strength. (See below, AntÆos.) At length Pallas carried him beyond the moon. His seven daughters were metamorphosed into halcyons. (Argonautic Expedition, i. 6.)

Alʹgebarʹ. The giant Oriʹon is so called by the Arabs.

Alifanʹfaron or Alipharʹnon (q.v.).

Aloʹeos. Son of Poseidon Canăcē. Each of his two sons was 27 cubits high. (Greek fable.)

Amʹerant. A cruel giant slain by Guy of Warwick. (Percy: Reliques.)

Angoulaffre (q.v.). (See below 21 feet.)

AntÆʹos (q.v.; see above, Alcyoneus). (See below, 105 feet.)

Arges (2 syl.). One of the Cyclops. (Greek fable.)

Asʹcapart (q.v.).

Atlas (q.v.).

Balan (q.v.).

Belle (1 syl.) (q.v.).

Belleʹrus (q.v.).

Blunderbore (3 syl.) (q.v.).

Briarʹeos or Briʹareus (3 syl.) (q.v.).

Brobdingnag (q.v.).

Brontes (2 syl.) (q.v.).

Burlond (q.v.).

Caʹcos or Cacus (q.v.).

Caligʹorant (q.v.).

Carʹaculiamʹbo. The giant that Don Quixote intended should kneel at the feet of Dulcinʹea. (Cervantes: Don Quixote.)

Carus. In the Seven Champions.

Chalbroth. The stem of all the giant race. (Rabelais: Pantagruel).

Christophʹerus. (See Christopher, St.)

Clytʹios (q.v.).

CŒos. Son of Heaven and Earth. He married Phœbē, and was the father of Latõna. (Greek fable.)

Colbrand. (See Colbronde.)

Corflamʹbo (q.v.).

Cormoran (q.v.)

Cormorant. A giant discomfited by Sir Brian. (Spenser: Faërie Queene, vi. 4.)

Cottas (q.v.).

Coulin (q.v.).

Cyclops (The) (q.v.).

Despair (q.v.).

Dondasch (q.v.).

Encelʹados (q.v.).

Ephlaltes (4 syl.) (q.v.).

Erix (q.v.).

Euʹrytos. One of the giants that made war with the gods. Bacchus killed him with his thyrsus. (Greek fable.)

Ferregus, slain by Orgando, was 28 feet in height.

Ferʹracute (3 syl.) (q.v.).

Ferʹragus (q.v.).

Fierabras [Fe-a-rā-brah] (q.v.).

Fion (q.v.).

Fiorʹgwyn, the father of Frigga (Scandinavian mythology).

Fracassus (q.v.).

Galʹbara. Father of Goliah of Secondille (3 syl.), and inventor of the custom of drinking healths. (Duchat: Œuvres de Rabelais. 1711.)

Galapas. The giant slain by King Arthur. (Sir T. Malory: History of Prince Arthur.)

Galligantus (q.v.).

Garagantua (q.v.).

Gargantua (q.v.).

Garian. In the Seven Champions.

Gemmagog (q.v.).

Geryonʹeo (q.v.).

Giralda (q.v.).

Godmer (q.v.).

Goemot or Goemagot (q.v.).

Gogʹmagog. King of the giant race of Albion; slain by Coriʹneus.

Grangousier. The giant king of Utopia, father of Gargantua. (Rabelais: Gargantua.)

Grantorto (q.v.).

Grim (q.v.).

Grumbo (q.v.).

Guy of Warwick (q.v.).

Gyges (2 syl.). One of the Titans. He had fifty heads and a hundred hands. (Greek fable.)

Hapʹmouche (2 syl.) (q.v.).

Hippolʹytos. One of the giants who made war with the gods. He was killed by Hermês. (Greek fable.)

Hrasvelg (q.v.).

Hrimthursar (q.v.).

Hurtali (q.v.).

Indracitʹtran (q.v.).

Irus (q.v.).

Jotun. The giant of Jötunheim or Giant-land. (Scandinavian mythology.)

Juliance. A giant of Arthurian romance.

Junner (q.v.).

Kifri. The giant of atheism and infidelity.

Kottos. One of the Titans. He had a hundred hands. (See Briareos.) (Greek fable.)

Malambruʹno (q.v.).

Margutte (q.v.).

Maugys (q.v.).

Maul (q.v.).

Mont-Rognon (q.v.).

Morgante (3 syl.) (q.v.).

Mugillo. A giant famous for his mace with six balls.

Offʹerus (q.v.).

Ogias (q.v.).

Orgoglio (q.v.).

Oriʹon (q.v.). (See below, 80 1/2 feet.)

Otos (q.v.).

Pallas (q.v.).

Pantagʹruel (q.v.).

Phidon. In the Seven Champions.

Polyboʹtes (4 syl.) (q.v.).

Polʹypheʹmus or Polypheme (3 syl.) (q.v.).

Porphyrʹion (q.v.).

Pyracʹmon. One of the Cyclops. (Greek fable.)

Raphsarus. In the Seven Champions.

Ritho (q.v.).

Ritho. The giant who commanded King Arthur to send him his beard to complete the lining of a robe. In the Arthurian romance.

Skrymir. (See Draught of Thor, p. 380.)

Slay-good (q.v.).

Sterʹopes (3 syl.). One of the Cyclops. (Greek fable.)

Tartaro. The Cyclops of Basque mythology.

Teutobochʹus (King), (See below, 30 feet.)

Thaon. One of the giants who made war with the gods. He was killed by the Parcæ. (Greek fable.)

Titans (The) (q.v.).

Titʹyos (q.v.).

Treyeagle (q.v.).

TyphŒus (q.v.).

Typhon (q.v.).

Widenostrils (q.v.).

Yohak. The giant guardian of the caves of Babylon. (Southey: Thalaba, book v.)

Of these giants the following are noteworthy:

19 feet in height: A skeleton discovered at Lucerne in 1577. Dr. Plater is our authority for this measurement.

21 feet in height: Angoulaffre of the Broken Teeth, was 12 cubits in height. (A cubit was 21 inches.)

30 feet in height: Teutobochus, whose remains were discovered near the Rhone in 1613. They occupied a tomb 30 feet long. The bones of another gigantic skeleton were exposed by the action of the Rhone in 1456. If this was a human skeleton, the height of the living man must have been 30 feet.

80 1/2 feet in height: Orion, according to Pliny, was 46 cubits in height.

105 feet in height: Antæos is said by Plutarch to have been 60 cubits in height. He furthermore adds that the grave of the giant was opened by Serbonĭos.

300 feet in height: The “monster Polypheine.” It is said that his skeleton was discovered at Trapaʹni, in Sicily, in the fourteenth century. If this skeleton was that of a man, he must have been 300 feet in height.


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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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